I stumbled upon "The Accessory's" facebook page by author James G Hutchison. From there I decided to take a chance and contact him in regards to doing a book review for him. He so graciously accepted. I admit I was a little hesistant in reading this due to my own personal religous confusions. The story however seemed so compelling I had to give it a shot, and rightly so I am glad I did. Here is the outcome.....
"The Accessory is a fast-paced story that explores how religious extremism is used by the country's elite to further their own agenda of greed, no matter who stands in the way. Sean and Leslie Hodges are two aspiring young adults heading to the top of the charts with their indie band Indigo Insight. Twelve miles south of town, a mining corporation with ties to a secret society are trying to set up shop... the teens' lives are forever changed by a bizarre discovery about their past, and the corrupt activities of the country's financial power brokers. "
As I said above, I was hesitant about reading this novel because it was a christian based book. However further reading into it, I realized that the religous parts of it were actually not as grandeur as I was fearful of. From the beginning of the book after reading the first two chapters I was immediately drawn into the story aside from the policality and religous aspects. James begins with a hook that lures you.
I just browsed through the webpage again and my opinion was confirmed. He stated that he is inspired by Dan Brown and John Grisham. My thoughts before even reading that were "reads like a John Grisham legal thriller." There were parts of this book that a lot of the descriptions just were too in depth, only did I realize towards the end how it gave it more character. The way that James describes in depth band practice and all of its entirety to help someone, like me, understand about the works of a band.
There are a lot of characters throughout the story. At some point you wonder why are there so many? When does it all tie together? For me, it wasn't until part three when all of the characters and the entire story came together.
There were just a few things that I didn't like involving this book. Firstly it was sometimes frustrating trying to understand the Canadian type of talk and wordings of sorts. I found myself re-reading parts a few times before I understood what he was meaning. This isn't in evil criticism it's just simply a country barrier of languages. Just like in America some of our states have different ways of speaking that an outsider has to ask, "say what?" Secondly there was a lot of grammatical errors, missing words etc. I am accustomed to this since I have been reading prior ARC's which is, again, aside from the point. In the final result I am sure the editors will fix them. Lastly, as much as I read I always love to know more about the author. For some reason the author info wasn't anywhere in the book. I hope they had added a portion to the final result for his readers to get to know him a little, in addition to his work.
The epilogue leaves you at a climactic point wondering if this is the end, or is this the beginning of a new "Accessory?" Upon reading further on the webpage, yes, there will be a sequel titled "The Witness." I am anxiously awaiting the second novel from this promising up and coming writer. It could easily be turned into a film. Who knows, one day it just might!